In the wake of this week’s events in Boston, we’ve created a storify explanation of how the bombings – and the role of the Tsarnaev brothers, as Chechen immigrants – has affected the immigration debate in the U.S.
This week’s Boston bombing turned the spotlight back on immigrants, with the two suspect brothers having come from a Chechen immigrant family. Whilst the younger brother, Dzokhar, had become a citizen last September, the older, Tamerlan, had been denied citizenship by the Department of Homeland Security, when records of previous his FBI interview were discovered.After the initial flurry of news had passed, news stations began to take the immigrant angle in relation to the story, as more details about the suspects emerged. These often told the story of an immigrant journey that ‘went wrong’.
The bipartisan immigration bill currently unveiled on Thursday, (and due to come before Congress in June), collided with the revelations about the suspects. The ‘Committee of Eight’ responsible, including Republican John McCain and Democrat Chuck Schumer faced a sudden raft of protest from certain ranks of the Republican party in particular, objecting to pushing through with immigration reform in light of the suspects role as immigrants.The bill, according to The Guardian, offers a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants, (of which there are expected to be around 11 million), and to those who have been deported for non-criminal reasons and have family in the U.S.In return, a seires of steps to better secure the border with Mexico against future illegal entry are proposed.
The bill also removes the cap on high-skilled workers, and opens a new visa category for unskilled temporary workers.
Republican, Steve King, was one of the first to jump in with his objections to the immigration reform bill in light of the bombings. Here’s what twitter had to say:
Republican Senator John McCain spoke up for the bill he had helped to shape, as did Republican Senator Lindsey Graham – both taking the same line as Schumer. The debate really exposed the two very different attitudes to immigration within the republican party – those in favour of embracing it but keeping it regulated and within the public eye by legalizing some of the large numbers of illegal immigrants, (McCain & co.) – and those in favour of a more isolationist U.S, (Coulter, King & co.)